disport

[dih-spawrt, -spohrt]
verb (used with object)
1.
to divert or amuse (oneself).
2.
to display (oneself) in a sportive manner: The picnickers disported themselves merrily on the beach.
verb (used without object)
3.
to divert oneself; sport.
noun
4.
diversion; amusement; play; sport.

Origin:
1275–1325; (v.) Middle English disporten, desporten < Anglo-French desporter, equivalent to des- dis-1 + porter literally, to carry (see port5); (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French, derivative of the v.

disportment, noun

deport, disport.
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disport (dɪˈspɔːt)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to indulge (oneself) in pleasure
2.  (intr) to frolic or gambol
 
n
3.  archaic amusement
 
[C14: from Anglo-French desporter, from des-dis-1 + porter to carry]

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disport
c.1300, from Anglo-Fr. disporter "divert, amuse," from O.Fr. desporter, lit. "carry away" (the mind from serious matters), from des- "away" + porter "to carry," from L. portare "to carry" (see port (1)).
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The animals are well trained and disport themselves with the air of professionals.
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